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Les Délassements d'Eros - EROTICA] - WEGENER, Gerda - 1917. 
Paris 1917 - Oblong folio (26 x 19.5 cm), 12 lithographs hand-coloured in pochoir [on Whatman paper], each with protection leaf. Black morocco with round-shaped red morocco label to upper cover, lettered in gilt. Housed in a blue cloth-backed fold-over box lined with blue swede, with black morocco label lettered in gilt to upper board. Rare first edition. These 12 illustrations were first published in 1917 on Whatman paper; another edition on Arches paper was published in 1921. But the publisher was having difficulties selling the illustrations alone, and asked the writer Louis Perceau to compose poems to go along the plates: 'Douze Sonnets Lascifs' was published in 1925. In 1930, Pierre Bellanger also composed a series of poems to accompany the illustrations, 'Quatrains'. Gerda Wegener (1886-1940) was a Danish illustrator and painter best known for her erotic works. After moving to Paris in 1912, she became highly successful both as a painter and as illustrator for Vogue, La Vie Parisienne, Fantasio. For the present work she created twelve watercolors which were individually silk-screened to accompany 350 copies of the book in 1925. The present edition seems to have been produced as counterfeit. Her work comes with a sensational back-story. Gerda's husband Einar, also a successful artist, posed as a model for many of her works dressed in woman clothing. Einar later underwent the world's first sex-change operation to become a woman. Pia 1912; J-P Dutel's 'Bibliographie', 1356*. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Shapero Rare Books]
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